Give Gomba a break. Her sins are nothing compared to her ANC ...

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Give Gomba a break. Her sins are nothing compared to her ANC comrades’

And now the ANC wants taxpayers to further prop up political parties, which might be OK if they could be trusted

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The story of Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba, who allegedly enrolled for an honour’s degree in public administration at Fort Hare without having an undergraduate qualification, has been presented as something of a scandal. But I must confess that, like Gomba, I’m not sure it qualifies.

That’s because scandals in the ANC’s SA tend to feature two things Gomba doesn’t bring to this party: impressive villainy combined with profoundly limited criminal vision, which usually produces a result that is simultaneously epic and pitifully banal.

Just think of Nkandla, where the entire court of Sun King Jacob Zuma managed to spend a quarter of a billion rand making something that looked like the abandoned compound of a religious cult, whose nine members lost interest in the late 1980s and wandered away, leaving it to the chickens and tumbleweed. We are a nation of Bond villains, who build space-lasers that turn gold into dandruff; who hijack nuclear submarines to use them as cooler boxes for braai packs. ..

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